Thursday, December 1, 2016

Jesus Forgives an Adulterous Women

John 8:1-11, "Jesus appeared again in the temple courts, the people gathered around Him and He began to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They said to Jesus, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery, the Law of Moses commanded us to stone to death such a woman. Now what do you say?' They were using the question to trap Jesus to have a basis to accuse Him. Jesus bent down and began writing on the ground with His finger. When they kept on questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, 'If any one of you is without sin, let him cast the first stone.' Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Those who heard began to leave one at a time, the older ones first until only Jesus was left with the woman standing there. Jesus stood up and asked her, 'Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?' 'No one, sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.' Jesus declared."

It has always been amazing to me that the Pharisees "caught this woman in the act" but did not bring the man who committed adultery as well!

Jesus says in Matthew 7:1-5, "Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you too will be judged...why do you look at the speck in your neighbor's eye and don't see the plank in your own? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye."  In other words many judge others when they are doing the same thing or worse than what others are doing. "All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of GOD." (Romans 3:23) The LORD does give discernment for each of us to judge what we our self should do to change our own attitude to do what Almighty GOD would have us do by the leading of His Word, the Bible. He also has set up those to be judges of the law. But it is a very strict responsibility which brings GOD's blessing or punishment if it is compromised by those holding the position. I surely would not want to be in the hands of Almighty GOD to answer to for abusing this high calling to be on the judicial bench! 

Forgiveness comes from man's spirit, not the mind. The spirit is redeemed, the mind is fallen and needs constant awareness of sin. Jesus said, "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41) We depend upon GOD for everything! His Spirit is in us and is willing to lead, guide, and direct us. We must be willing to allow Him to do so. It begins first with accepting Jesus' death on the cross for your sins and will never end! It will become even more prominent when He brings us into His Holy Presence either upon death or the Rapture of His Church! Hallelujah!!! "Death has been swallowed up in victory! Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Thanks be to GOD He give us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ!" (First Corinthians 15:55-57) 

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